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4 Pool Exercises for the Perfect Summer Body

From Solar Pool Technologies Blog

You've heard that working out in your inground swimming pool is good for you.  You know that the buyoancy helps your joints and muscles, that the water cools you and allows you to work harder, and that you get the best total body workout possible.  What you don't know is how to get started working out in the water, beyond swimming laps.  Enter this post from Solar Pool Technologies.  This post gives you 4 easy and fun exercises that you can do right in your own inground swimming pool that will propel you on your way to swimming pool fitness!

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The summer heat can discourage outdoor workouts like running and biking, so jump in the pool and get moving! The pool is a great space to stay cool, and the water resistance will engage more muscles in a larger range to help you burn more calories in less time.

Here are some tips on pool exercises to give you that beautiful summer body. For a full water workout plan, including target areas and timed exercises, read Fitness Magazine's Slim Down in a Splash: Pool Workout.

1. Treading Water

Seems simple enough, but don't be fooled. Treading water will burn about 11 calories per minute. Tread for fifteen minutes and burn 165 calories.

2. With a Beach Ball

Working with a beach ball creates extra resistance to tone your muscles. To work your arms, float face down in the pool and use your hands to push the ball underwater. Return the ball to the surface of the pool, moving slowing with full control.

To work your legs, sit up in the pool and hold the ball between your feet. Starting from the surface, press your legs down until you are in a standing position. Return the ball to the surface of the pool, moving slowly with full control.

To work your core, hug the ball to your body with legs extended behind you. Roll 360 degrees, keeping your legs fully extended. Some people call this the Otter Roll.

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BioGuard's Five Keys to Basic Pool Care

From BioGuard's Youtube Channel

As any inground swimming pool owner knows, there are few pleasures like taking a plunge into a crystal clear, refreshing, safe and clean swimming pool on a hot summer's day.  By the same token, these people also understand that taking the care to put the pool in that state can be alot of work, and quite inefficient; if one doesn't know what one is doing.  Dumping loads of chemicals into the pool day after day is not what gets the swimming pool to that sweet spot of crystal clear refreshment, and this video from BioGuard gives you the 5 keys to Basic Pool Care that can help the swimming pool owner get that pool ready for the plunge!

The 5 Keys to Basic Pool Care are:

1.  Circulation

2.  Filtration

3.  Cleaning

4.  Testing

5.  Chemistry

Click here to watch the video on the 5 keys to basic pool care

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 09:42

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Summer's Here! Pool House Design Tips & Ideas

From LDA Architecture and Interiors

Anyone who owns a pool and has had their children or guests trapse through their house with wet feet and bathing suits understands the value of a pool house.  Modern pool house design provides for changing areas, kitchens, laundry facilities, and even entertainment in the event of an unforseen storm or break in the party.  Once thought of as merely a shed or small area to keep pool toys and perhaps change into swimwear, the pool house has evolved into an extension of the home, just as the outdoor living space has morphed into the outdoor living room.  In this post from LDA, some great design tips and ideas for luxury pool houses are presented and expounded upon. 

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With summer quickly approaching, figuring out the best ways to cool off is something that is on all of our minds. Some of our clients have asked us to design pools for them. With a pool however, comes towels, toys, and the need for more storage. The solution? A pool house! We polled our designers and here's what they had to say about things to consider when building a fun, yet functional space...

When choosing furniture, it is wise to utilize outdoor furniture. It is designed to dry quicker than regular furniture and tends to be more lighter, allowing you to rearrange according to your needs. Invest in multipurpose pieces like a big daybed, for lounging and napping out of the sun, and a large coffee table, great for meals on the patio or games by the pool.

Create a seamless transition from pool area to pool house by using glass doors, similar to the ones shown in the drawing below, as either sliding or folding doors. Also, with the influx of perennial insects during the summer months, it is important to take screens into consideration when planning the flow and accessibility of your pool house.

To help keep the interior of your pool house clean, install an outdoor shower to allow guests to rinse off before coming inside.

Having a small kitchenette in the pool house will come in handy for food preparation. Also, a small fridge is great for storing refreshing drinks and snacks.

It is important to reflect the aesthetic of the main house in the design of the pool house so the building is complimentary and not obtrusive.

Landscaping is critical as well – you want to build the pool house relative to the pool & adjacent landscaping. When installing a pool, homeowners typically install a fence to surround the pool area. With this in mind, it is important to consider whether or not the pool house will be in the enclosed fence area or outside, and how accessible the house will be.

When planning to install a pool in your backyard, be sure to refer to your local by-laws and ordinances for any rules and regulations that may exist in your hometown.

The pool house sketched above is coming along! Check out some of the progress photos below. Almost ready for some summer fun. Did somebody yell, "Cannonball"?

Click here to see the entire guide to pool house design

How to Get Fit with Aquatic Exercise

From Pool Gear Plus via Stumbleupon

So, you've gone to work on Monday morning after the 4th of July, and you've noticed that you are hanging over your belt.  You didn't realize that the extra helping of potato salad and beans would stick right to your waist, but alas, it seems to have done exactly that.  What can you do to jump start the metabolic process and get back on the road to fitness?  One of the best and most efficient ways to get calories and fat burning is to start exercising in the water.  There are legion benefits of exercising in the swimming pool, such as its low impact, its cooling properties, and the ability to do more work efficiently.  

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Once you've decided to try aquatic exercise, there are a variety of options to consider besides swimming, the obvious choice. The one that requires the least amount of planning but would probably be most expensive is to buy an aquatic treadmill or bicycle. Yes, you can use your favorite gym equipment in your backyard swimming pool! Some aqua treadmills allow you to perform exercises like crunches and dips in addition to walking or running in your pool. Aquatic bikes and treadmills are particularly helpful when you're recovering from an injury – they are often used in physical therapy programs.

If you want to walk or run in the pool for exercise but don't want to buy a treadmill, you can do so with relatively inexpensive equipment or even no equipment at all. Aqua jogging allows you to run while avoiding the potential repercussions from high-impact running on land. Because water provides more resistance than air, you'll still reap the many fitness benefits of jogging. To get started, research aqua jogging workouts online and select a routine you'd like to try. As you increase your fitness level and/or start jogging in deeper water, you may want to add aqua fitness products such as a water noodle, aqua jogging belt, hydro-resistant arm and leg trainers, or aquatic dumbbells to your routine.

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How to Properly Add Chlorine Tablets to Your Pool

From Swim University

Many people have found themselves in this situation:  You just purchased a home with an existing swimming pool, and you have no idea what you need to do to it.  The smart move is to hire a professional service company to check it, and regularly maintain it.  Even with a professional swimming pool service company, however, very hot days will leave the pool owner with a need to add chlorine to the swimming pool by themselves.  Most people have never handled chlorine, don't know how much to add, or even where and by what means to add it to the swimming pool.  Enter this handy guide from Swim University.  This easy to read and comprehend post will give you the basic information that you will need to ensure proper sanitization for the holiday weekend, even if your service company isn't able to get to you pool.

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My friend recently purchased his first home, and lucky for him it came with a very large inground pool and a hot tub. Of course, when it came time to start his pool up, I was the first person he called.

His question was, "how do I add chlorine to my pool?" He was confused about whether to use a chlorine floater or add chlorine tablets to the skimmer baskets. He went online to find an answer but came up short.

Fear not, fellow pool owners! I have a definitive answer for you below.

4 Ways How to Add Chlorine to Your Pool

  1. In a chemical floater
  2. To your skimmer(s)
  3. In an automatic chlorinator
  4. Sprinkle chlorine granules directly to the water

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